It's true that President Joe Biden is old, tired, and unpopular. However, it isn't a good sign that he's missing in action.
Biden has campaigned less during the midterms than his two immediate predecessors during the same midterm campaign period, Breitbart reported. Air Force One logs show former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump stopped at more cities and held more fundraisers than Biden.
With only weeks until the November 8 midterm elections, Biden has only held 11 fundraisers and traveled to 47 cities. By contrast, Obama held 16 fundraisers and visited 78 cities in 2010, while Trump hosted 27 fundraisers and jetted to 57 cities in 2018.
Perhaps the reason has something to do with the fact that Democratic candidates don't want him around. Biden has stuck to visiting mostly blue areas, but his stops in battleground states sent candidates scurrying away.
For instance, a September visit to Wisconsin where he was set to appear with Mandela Barnes, a Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, turned into a solo event. "Mandela walked in the Milwaukee parade and then went to support Wisconsin workers at events across the state, including in Racine where UAW Local 180 has been on strike for over 100 days," the campaign claimed for cover.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) was more direct about his lack of support for Biden. Though he made a campaign appearance in Ohio with the president, Ryan said he would not support Biden's re-election.
Still, the Biden administration asserts that he is working hard behind the scenes to elect Democrats. "The president has made historic investments in the different [Democratic fundraising] committees … to make sure we keep the Senate and House," Emmy Ruiz, White House director of political strategy and outreach, said.
Biden is old, frail, and an awful liability to other Democrats. Because he has been a painfully unpopular president, these candidates can see how toxic he is to their political hopes -- and they just don't want him around.